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Posted: September 12, 2017

6-year-old walks through wind, rain after picked up by wrong school bus


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6-year-old walks through wind, rain after picked up by wrong school bus
Tiffany Mungo says her son, first-grader Mikel Laney, had to cross a busy street alone and was picked up by the wrong bus after school one day.

By Liz Foster, WSOCTV.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

A Charlotte, North Carolina, mother is outraged, claiming her 6-year-old son was picked up by a bus he shouldn't have been on after he was forced to cross a busy street alone.

The boy’s mother said that staff at his school put the child on a school bus he wasn’t supposed to be on.

After school Monday, Mikel Laney then walked more than a mile through the rain and storms.

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“I was soaking wet,” Mikel said. “I thought someone was going to kill me or something,” the child said.

His mother, Tiffany Mungo, said the first-grader was never supposed to be on a school bus at all.

She said she texted his teacher at Ashley Park Elementary School and asked the teacher to make sure he got on a bus for an after school program.

The teacher replied, “OK, got it!”

As Mikel was walking to his grandmother's home, he said another school bus pulled up.

The driver picked him up and dropped him off at his grandmother's home, which is how his mother said she found out what happened.

"That’s dangerous,” the mother said. “Anything could'v’ happened. He could’ve been hit by a car. A stray dog, anything ‘got him. He could've been kidnapped.”

“(Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools) is aware of the concern and actively looking into the incident,” a CMS spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We're checking on the transportation changes and encouraging parents to follow protocol for making changes to students’ drop-off schedules.”

Murgo said the school's principal called her to apologize and said it would never happen again.


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